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Powell Elementary Report – Oct. 24

This report was submitted at the board meeting held Oct. 25, 2016 – apologizes for the delay in posting!


Sixth grade students are currently at Camp Storer in the Jackson, Michigan area.  Their long-awaited, three day field trip is finally here.  Students held a fund-raiser at McDonald’s to help raise money to offset the cost for those who needed financial assistance.  Two pictures above (top left and top center) show Powell students hard at work making sure the restaurant was in tip-top shape for diners.  Students helped clean tables, seat guests, take meals to patrons who already ordered, and took their trash away.  It was a great experience for our students and a great way to show our kids in a positive light.  Many guest were very appreciative of our students’ commitment, and our students appreciated the donation from McDonald’s. It was a true win-win.  I am not able to join all of you this evening because I am at camp tonight and tomorrow.


Our fund-raiser has concluded.  We are awaiting orders to arrive at this time.  The total sold was about $10,000 less than what was projected, but the sales goal was very aggressive.  Preliminary numbers indicate we are below last year’s total as far as sales, but we may save money on the prizes that we are awarding this year.  Our final profit may be close to last year’s when it is all said and done.


Parent-teacher conferences will be held on November 3rd & 4th.  Teachers have been scheduling conference times for awhile now and continue to make contact with parents via notes home, e-mails, and text messages.  Their goal is 100% participation.


Grade cards went home this past Friday.  There were a few glitches to the process caused mainly by the changes to the grade card format last spring.  While there were a few bumps along the way, they were all completed and ready for students to take home Friday afternoon.  Great teamwork by all to get them finished on time!


We had another very successful RTI (Response to Interventions) meeting this past Wednesday.  We continue to monitor student progress in reading and identify learners who are struggling.  Teachers are working to ensure each student is working on iReady for a minimum of 45 minutes each week.  iReady is a literacy intervention program that meets the individual needs of all students.


Students continue to engage in all types of learning opportunities.  I got to help students in the second grade (pictured top right) make mini pizzas recently.  Students got to make the pizzas and then had to write about the pizza making experience in a how-to story.  Thanks to the parents who donated supplies to make this experience possible.


Each 2nd grade teacher was presented with a mobile cart with enough Chromebooks for each student to have their own.  The delivery marks the board’s on-going commitment to our students to provide them with technological opportunities.  All students in the district now have their own access to a Chromebook except for students in kindergarten and 1st grade.  Second grade teachers were shocked when Mr. Delaney, Mr. Csortos, Mrs. Weisbrod, and I rolled in with their surprise this morning!


The testing window for the 3rd grade Reading assessment runs from November 7th to the 18th.  We will be testing on November 9th and 10th.  Oh the joys of the 3rd Grade Guarantee….

Ms. Meyerson will be having her Powell variety show on Saturday, November 12th at 7:00 pm at the high school cafetorium.  Watch for further details.

Lastly, the Powell family has grown by one….AGAIN!  Second grade teacher, Angela Szczublewski and her husband welcomed a son on October 15th.  Hank David Szczublewski weighed in at 9 lbs. 3 oz. and was 21” long.  Angela will be out on maternity leave until the end of January.

Respectfully submitted,


Mark Lange

Elementary Principal


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